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Brand-New KTTV News Director Announces Launch of 5 p.m. Newscast

Kingsley Smith began his tenure as KTTV news director with a big announcement. On his first day with the station this week, Smith announced that the Fox O&O would be launching a 5 p.m. newscast in the fall.

Earlier this month, KTTV announced that Smith, who had spent the last three and a half years leading the newsroom at Fox’s WTXF, would be replacing Jose Rios as news director.

A Fox spokesperson tells TVSpy that the new 5 p.m. newscast, which will move into the time slot currently held by “Dr. Oz” when that show leaves for KABC, has been in the works for a bit now but that Smith is making it a top priority.

The 1-hour newscast is set to make its debut on September 12th and will follow Anderson Cooper‘s new syndicated show in the lineup. The station is still working out who will appear at the anchor desk.

Warner Bros.’ ‘Anderson’ Selling Fast with Over 80 Stations Already Signed

Anderson Cooper has been a hot item on the syndication market.  With a flurry of deal-making in December, the Warner Bros. show “Anderson” is set to close out the year with commitments from at least 80 stations.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. doubled the amount of cleared stations in the past 10 days, making “Anderson” a definite Go and possibly signaling the first syndication hit in the post-Oprah landscape.

Warner Bros. announced in September that they had signed a deal with Cooper to produce a one-hour daytime strip that would debut in Fall 2011.  In making the announcement, Warner Bros. was confident that they had the right talent to capitalize on the programming hole left by Oprah.  Read more

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